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Table 1 Definitions of "asylum seeker" and "refugee"

From: Tuberculosis screening and follow-up of asylum seekers in Norway: a cohort study

Asylum seeker1 A person who on his or her own initiative, and without prior notification, asks the authorities in Norway for protection and recognition as a refugee. The person is called an asylum seeker until a decision has been made on the application.
Refugee A person who either has been granted residence permit before arrival, through the UN system, or arrived as an asylum seeker and has been granted protection as refugee after application.
  1. 1 http://www.udi.no/upload/English/FactSheet/FaktaarkAsylEngelsk.pdf